Harshi Suraweera is a 29-year-old nurse who lives in Melbourne. She used to be overweight and unfit, easily eating two large pizzas and a litre of Coke in a day. But when she saw a picture of herself on Facebook, Harshi decided she needed to take control of her lifestyle.
She started dieting by eating more salads and cutting out all the junk food she used to eat. Then Harshi started going to the gym. She would do between two and three hours of cardio every day!
She says it was really hard at first, but she noticed a change in her body after three weeks and pressed on. She managed to lose a whopping 42 kilograms in ten months! Now she’s focusing on strength training to tone her body.
“My first step to changing my lifestyle started with a certain photo on Facebook,” she wrote on her blog.
“A friend uploaded a group photo, and I got a lot of negative comments about the way I looked.”
“I was devastated and depressed. But I decided to take the first step to changing my body from that day onwards.”
“It was really difficult. I would always go the gym really late, because at that time it was quiet, and I would go to the corner and do my cardio.”
“I used to eat a lot of rice and curry, junk food, pizza, I would easily eat two pizzas and a litre of Coke a day.”
“I was addicted to food, it was not normal.”
Ms. Suraweera changed her diet to consist of salads and protein, and said the most important part of any weight loss journey was diet:
“Avoid all sugars and processed foods.”
She said rather than continue her gruelling cardio regime, she has focused more on weight lifting to tone and sculpt her physique, since she lost 42 kilograms in 2011.
Today she can squat 120 kilos and deadlift 130.
Although a lot of people are supportive, others strongly criticize her by saying she doesn’t look like the same person in both photos:
“That’s true people can’t recognise me, even my mum couldn’t recognise me,” she said.
Losing weight has also changed the way people view her:
“The ugly truth is that people approach me more often than when I was overweight,” she said.
“People are more friendly towards me.”
“While it has changed my whole life I think it is a good change. It has mainly changed my outlook, but it didn’t change who I was on the inside.”